Roubo Cabinet #2: Design Specs

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-27-2011 04:39 PM 5031 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Took measurements; here’s what will work best (all outside dimensions of the cabinet):

33 ¼” W x 13 ¼” H x 20 ¼” D

Assuming full ¾” stock for carcase and all dividers, top drawer will be 10” x 2 ¾” (face), and larger drawers will measure 20 ¾” x 3 ¾”. The door (or larger, right side drawer) is 10” x 11 ¾”.

Other hard requirements:
- Has to fit between the legs of the bench (of course);
- Must be set back enough to not make contact w/ the 203 clamps in the sliding deadman; and
- Drawers must work around the deadman being in place.

Drew the cabinet face on some foam board and here it is underneath the Roubo as a one-stop mock up. It shows that the sliding deadman, pushed right, is totally clear of the other four drawers.

Then I took a hold down and ran it through the benchtop. I use hold downs a lot and the cabinet can’t interfere with those. And if they fit, can’t imagine a clamp that would get in the way either. Pic is hard to see, kinda dark, but shows between a one and two inch clearance.

The mock-up shows drawer sizes that will handle chisels on top, other hand tools in the two drawers below, so time to press forward. Thought is to do this as a furniture carcase build as much as possible – I want to do hand-tooled dovetails for the carcase and stopped dados for the solid-wood dividers. And this may be a great place to use some of the pine 1x stock (actually 7/8”) that came out of the attic of my house. I’ve always looked for ‘the right place’ to use that stuff but I’ve now been storing it 18 years.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 12:57 AM

looking goood sofare , not a bad idea to make it half high as you do
geting most from both world

take care

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 04:05 AM

Love the fact that your chisels, marking tools and other hand tools would be so close. NOt to mention the Roubo is one of my favorites.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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